In the last few years, Korea‘s SJ Kim has been one of the Asian Poker Tour’s (APT) most devoted and successful participants.
Kim‘s first recorded cash was in 2010 in the Asian Poker King Tournament in Macau where he placed 7th. But it was after he started joining the APT tournaments in 2012 that he began gaining attention for consistently placing and cashing in the events.
He won his first APT side event in January 2013, banking a modest USD$2,592. December 2013 saw him add two more victories to his list of cashes, when he won the APT Iron Man Poker Challenge, and also the Iron Man High Roller 3 days later. He collected just over USD$9,000 for these results. In May 2014 Kim took another 1st place spot for USD$8,730 in APT Manila’s 6 max side event. In July of the same year, at APPT Manila, he won the team event, banking USD$1,198, before winning a Holdem Bounty tournament the following day, for USD$6,476. Another victory soon followed, in September 2014, when he won an APT Deep Stack Event, for USD$4,683.
In October 2015, SJ Kim took his biggest score to date, adding USD$21,773 to his bankroll, for finishing 4th place at the APT Manila Main Event, just 2 months after finishing 6th at the APT Cebu Main Event.
The year 2016 has also been proving profitable for Kim. On the first month of the year, Kim won the opening event of the WPT National Philippines bagging a cash prize of US$16,700 and 2 more 1st place slots in the APT Kickoff Manila Festival, one of which was the HIghrollers event where he took home US$7,084. After numerous small cashouts in between, on May 2016 he almost became victorious when he placed 2nd in the APT Monster Stack Event which earned him US$6,249. Few months later, Kim won 3rd place in 2 tournaments held in the Philippines, the Lucky Fish Poker Cup Series I and the 2016 APT Main Event Manila where he made US$3,133 and US$7,159, respectively
In 2017, Kim once again showed his skills in the Philippines by winning the Manila Megastack Single Day High Roller event held at PokerStars Live Manila for approximately USD$18,175 after making a deal with 2nd placer Jingxiang Ong of Singapore and 3rd place finisher Zheng Yu of China.
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- January 3, 2016: WPT National Philippines: SK Kim Wins The Poker King Cup
- January 25, 2016: Great Start of the Year for the Asian Poker Tour Regulars
- September 26, 2016: Slovenian pro Casey Kastle wins the Lucky Fish grand opening event
- October 7, 2016: Early highlights of the APT Manila 2016 and APT POY Update
- October 11, 2016: Alexis Lim bags his biggest live score at the APT Manila Main Event